Vasari tips and tricks

Vasari tips and tricks

Vasari tips and tricks

Vasari is an excellent tool for design analysis and conceptually massing and energy testing. Although your results are not accurate enough to use for construction purposes, it is a great tool to compare different design options in order to see the affects of the mass or building in relation to the surrounding environment. If you are unsure how to set up vasari for energy analysis, you can view an older post here which will take you through the process step by step.

In this post, I will share a few massing tips and tricks which I have picked up through using the software.

Adding and editing profiles:

Vasari tips and tricks

Adding a profile to your mass can dramatically change how the mass or building will look as you can see in the image above. In order to add a profile, simply tab through your selections until you can pick the whole mass. Click on Add Profile in the ‘Form Element’ tab and select where on your mass you want the profile to be. Once the profile is added you wil be able to DRAG the profile in all directions to pinch and push the mass in certain ways, play around with this until you get your desired shape. The Vasari starter screen was created in this way – Check out the Vasari talk here explaining how this was achieved.

Adding Edges:

Vasari tips and tricks

Edges or vertexes are also used in Vasari as a way to manipulate your mass or form. As you can see in the image above, you can begin to turn a very ordinary rectangular block, into an abstract and more interesting shape to work with. Each edge in a Vasari project is editable, it is also possible to add new or extra edges to your mass in the same way as a profile. You can play around with these until you achieve your desired result.

Using ‘X-Ray’ mode:

Vasari tips and tricks

X-ray mode in Vasari is similar to wireframe mode in a program like Revit. The main difference is the X-Ray produces ‘nodes’ on every edge and profile we have created, this gives us even more freedom to play around with the shape of the mass and create something truly unique. With these 3 tools along with the standard massing tools, it is possible to create almost any shape that you would want a building to be.

Adding Levels:

Vasari tips and tricks

If you are testing out high rise buildings in Vasari, you may have say 20 or 30 levels or floors in your building. A quick way to add all of these levels, rather than manually adding them is to hold down the CTRL key and drag the levels up to the next position. This will copy the level and allow you to create mass floors. Although this method would not be suitable if you need to use precise measurements, it is more than sufficient when testing out different design options for energy consumption / wind simulation etc. Copied from bimopedia post.

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BIM is not RESTRICTED TO ALL IN ONE SOLUTIONS

BIM is not RESTRICTED TO ALL IN ONE SOLUTIONS

BIM is not  RESTRICTED TO ALL IN ONE SOLUTIONS

BIM is not  RESTRICTED TO ALL IN ONE SOLUTIONS

There is an underlying assumption that a BIM model must become a single unified ‘thing’ (“Integrated Data Environment”), and that all BIM processes must be under the control of one entity.

This view is promoted by the UK Levels of BIM Maturity (as per the Bew Richards diagram), where ‘Level 3’ BIM is an integrated web based solution (so called ‘iBIM’).

BIM is not  RESTRICTED TO ALL IN ONE SOLUTIONS

The only realistic way this can happen is if all participants use the same platform, or all rigorously comply to the same Standards, (assuming multiple platforms will be able to communicate via data that adheres to Standards).

Whilst it is true greater efficiencies are theoretically possible by tight integration of all aspects of design, construction and operation, there are consequences of this approach that are being ignored.

Forcing all participants use the same platform will lead to inefficiencies amongst individual parties. Each of us make choices about technologies and processes that are the most efficient at fulfilling our responsibilities. And because of competition the best available comes into common use. These individual actions add up to an efficient and cost effective overall process. Any ‘all in one’ platform will never contain the best in breed across all disciplines.
The result of  this approach will be the dominance of proprietary software monopolies, a situation all the software houses are currently scrambling to take advantage of.

The requirement for such tight integration will also encourage the ascendancy of large multi-disciplinary firms and vertical integration into AECO conglomerates. Say good-bye to the bespoke architectural design firm, medium size contractors and specialist sub-contractors.

The expectation that iBIM will be possible through the use of Standards is just a fantasy, more on that below.

The whole idea of iBIM is analogous to a command economy. In theory a fully managed economy with centralized decision making should be more efficient. But in practice a market where individuals make the decisions is more efficient. Blatantly demonstrated when the USSR collapsed, and more recently the problems in Venezuela.

BIM is a set of processes that manages certain technologies. There is no reason those processes can not be tailored to suit ways of working that maintain the efficiencies of a market approach.

That is not to say iBIM is not a realistic prospect, nor that it will never happen. The problem is when it is assumed it will be the ONLY future for effective BIM. Copied from blogger.com

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Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

Sometimes when using BIM for presentation purposes, especially during the design development stages, the digital outputs can look a little too polished. In the past an architect might of used hand drawn sketches & diagrams to convey the design. New for Revit 2015 is the Sketchy Lines feature which emulates a hand drawn visual style. This feature is available to be applied to any graphic display style including 3d views, perspective views, elevations, sections & plan views.

You can adjust settings for Jitter and Extension to create unique interpretations of any visual style as shown. The Jitter slider allows to vary the weighting & clarity of the line as if you had drawn it with a pen or pencil, where as the Extension slider allows you to how far lines overlap at intersections. Check out Tim Waldocks detailed overview for more examples of how this feature can be used. Copied from David Light post

A 3d view with the Jitter set to 7 & no Extension:-

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

A 3d view with no Jitter & the Extension set to 10:-

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

The combination of the Jitter set to 7 & Extension set to 10:-

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

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AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

Steps from the water in Santa Monica sits an old, 10,000 square foot warehouse. Designers at Classical Progression, Inc. recently gutted it to create a new HQ for the World Surf League, the global professional surf competition organizer and broadcaster, formerly located in Melbourne, Australia. There are nearly 50 full time employees in the office, but the space also plays hosts to visiting professional surfers, many of whom show up straight from the water, and the designers worked with the company to create a space where both visitors and employees would feel comfortable working or just hanging out.

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

Which furniture brands/dealers were used?

Classical Progression, Inc. searches far and wide for architectural antiques and materials to repurpose into its’ modern designed spaces. They believe these antiques give a space soul and a timeless beauty. Aged mahogany wine-barrel staves Kevin [Cozen, the firm’s founder] found form the divider wall while over-sized vintage doors from one of Bob Hope’s estates have been repurposed as the game room entrance. An authentic 1920s bar anchors the cafe area. Leather lounge chairs, light fixtures, and the conference room table are vintage. Other furniture was found in local Los Angeles stores including Blueprint Furniture, HD Buttercup, and Restoration Hardware. Office-specific furniture includes TeamWorx desking from DeskMakers and chairs from Office StarCopied from work design magazine.

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Our Mission : To offer the best integration of Architecture and Engineering solutions thereby consistently being in focus of what the clients need. Our zeal to excel in the technology inputs and providing consistently credible output shall be the strong points of our services at all times.

Our Vision : To be a forerunner in our field with the drive to provide valuable services to the clients. To be part of the solutions through sustainable engineering and architectural designs that keep in mind the future. To be quality driven in our approach to cater to our clients with emphasis on balancing their needs and the environment.

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

Moroso held the world premiere presentation of ‘Setting the Elegance’ collection in their Milan showroom in the presence of textile partners Kvadrat and Rubelli, who supplied the upholstery for all the pieces. The collection’s name, Setting the Elegance, refers to what goes on back-stage at a fashion show as the styles are prepared for the runway in order to impress and arouse emotions among the audience. “We enjoy experimenting, as we did on this occasion, in what could be described as exercises in style,” says Patrizia Moroso. “In proposing unusual upholstery for designer products, we seek to distance ourselves from the ordinary. We adopted the bold solution of using haute-couture fabrics for furnishings with very distinctive, connoted shapes. These articles should be construed on a different level; not just their shape but their surface, too”. It was a collective project in the sense that two of Moroso’s main suppliers, Rubelli and Kvadrat, were actively involved. “It was a very enjoyable creative experience which also gave us some nice surprises”. The collection is accompanied by a very special catalogue. With a fabric cover and sophisticated photographs, it presents this collection of iconic Moroso furnishings (sofas and armchairs designed by leading names in contemporary design) in a new light. The designs have been reinvented to give new meanings, an inspiration of beauty and elegance interpreted through the Moroso style. Setting the Elegance sets the seal on a project that started in 2013 with an exhibition held at the Museums of Textiles and Decorative Arts, Lyon, and later moved to the Diocesan Museum and Tiepolo Galleries, Udine. Both exhibitions and the installation in Milan were devised by Patrizia Moroso and curated by Marco Viola (exhibition display) and Giulio Ridolfo (textile consultant). Copied from yellowtrace.

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Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Top 3 reasons why data-rich designs are not BIM alone

Here at Business Collaborator we have long maintained that the most beneficial element of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the ‘information’. Without it, BIM is just BM, ‘Basically Meaningless’, as our Chief Technology Officer Stephen Crompton once remarked.

And it’s a point we continue to reference, because several in the BIM software industry have excelled in convincing us that we already have the tools to implement (the mandated) Level 2 BIM. The reality is typically very different. There are undoubtedly some excellent products for producing 3D, data-rich designs, but here are our top three reasons why this kind of capability alone is not BIM:

 1. BIM is a process

BIM is a collaborative process of building a digital representation of a physical asset which can be used to make lifecycle decisions about that asset.

 2. BIM requires collaboration

BIM requires contribution, often from hundreds, maybe thousands in the lifecycle supply chain (suppliers, manufacturers, installers and so on). Having one designer input others’ information into a single file, or having others add information individually into a single, large file, does not support such a process.

At the recent Digital Construction Show in London, Stephen Crompton suggested in a panel discussion entitled ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of True Industry Wide Collaboration’ that “If you’re pushing away standards and a common language then by definition you’re not collaborating”. BIM is about ‘Open Shareable Asset Information’.

 3. BIM is about information management

At its heart, Level 2 BIM is about better information management, through adherence to standards and quality procedures. This is not what proprietary software that typically locks you in to its own format and focusses on 3D models and design alone delivers. Open, linked data allows BIM to flourish, capturing a complete digital representation of an asset for successful operation throughout its lifecycle.

Business Collaborator’s BIM platform enables information management, BIM process management and the rendering of that shared, open linked data into 3D models using your browser. It does not lock you in – it frees you to meet the Level 2 BIM 2016 mandate and beyond, and allows true lifecycle management of asset information. Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

“Outsourcing” has been a typical “In-house” strategy, implemented by many companies, in many sectors, worldwide, for last zillion years. No doubt it has its own advantages and the approach is successful so far and it would continue to do so in coming future as well. Success stories may start from small scale milk products to large scale data management in IT industry.

However the mindsets are different in different industries and going forward, the same would dictate the success of this model or NOT.

One common myth or should I say the basic driver of this process is humongous cost cutting. No doubt it should be the fundamental driver but it should not be the only driver. They say 80% of outsourcing business funnels to India, being one of the biggest service providers due to its obvious advantages. Large population, hence large resource pool of trained and talented people, quicker turnaround time due to time difference and 24/7 availability approach, cost cutting, desired quality output and importantly a good English Communication System could be the differentiators when it comes to competition thru China, Philippines, Malaysia, Russian Republic, Mexico or other eastern European countries.

Typical Mindset or the approach for Outsourcing business used to be IT services or Production based deliveries, or a solution based output. Considering Civil-Infrastructure development all across the globe, Engineering Outsourcing for Civil Engineering Services has emerged as one of the key business players in recent years.

More and more we encounter Globalization and shorter project completion time in the industry, we would eventually see more and more outsourcing taking place in Civil Engineering or Infrastructure field. The problem is how the client looks at the business model. Solution lies in the mindset and the approach and not in the process. Copied from Bhavin Shah’s Blog.

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BIM benefits in early stage design

BIM benefits in early stage design

BIM benefits in early stage design

BIM benefits in early stage design

Contact our partner and learn how the architects and structural engineer can benefit from working together at the early stage design. Our partners Hardik Gohil and Brijesh Panchal will discuss and show practical examples of how a design team collaboration can deliver a superior design solution within tight project constraints.

You will learn how to:

  • PhoenixEOS Structures can help to establish a more proactive relationship
  • establish constructability at a early stage in the design
  • sketch up different solutions of the structure and estimate total cost
  • benefit in terms of saving time to build up the structure of any building and money and reducing risk by using this process

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What We Area?

PhoenixEOS is the combined solutions provider working on parallel lines of engineering and architecture. Based in India, PhoenixEOS majorly works with offshore clients due to the benefits of their mandatory needs in building and architecture solutions. Phoenix is a one stop solution for CADD Services with specialized services involving all kinds of BIM (Building Information Modeling) services in 2D, 3D and 4D formats. BIM is mandatory in most of the countries of the world like the U.S, Europe, Australia, among others. In India, it is in nascent stage. This means we are a pioneering company working as a bridge between your project blueprints to actual building. Phoenix team has worked internationally with big projects and is bringing this niche concept to India. We provide different types of services that involve both digital and print output for your ease. We have the cutting edge technology required for modern day needs with all required infrastructure in a spacious place. Our highly compatible and experienced team can handle all the amalgamated design and details solutions processes extremely well. With every project done successfully, we have built an enormous trust in our clients. Our work culture is a perfect fusion of experience, expertise and capabilities.

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

DLT Solutions and [acronym] Magazine cosponsored the Public Sector CAD Awardslast week. This two-part, four-question series will recap a conversation with the four judges called “Digital Design Tech, Trends, and Talking Points for 2013 – A Q&A with Public Sector Industry Pros.” Acronym Online editor Caron Beesley moderated the presentation. The judges were:

  • Brian Skripac – Director of Digital Practice, Astorino
  • Joe Eichenseer – Building Solutions Division Manager, IMAGINIT Technologies
  • Scott Eden – Vice President,CADD Microsystems
  • Shaan Hurley – Technologist for the Office of the CTO, Autodesk

Please note that the below responses are summarized, not taken word-for-word.

Part one’s questions and answers were on strengthening our nation’s infrastructure and cloud-based digital designs.

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Question Three: How can the public sector leverage 3D printing and what lessons can they learn from the commercial’s use of 3D printing? (Editor’s Note: Even Obama recently joined the 3D printing bandwagon.)

Brian: 3D printing extends the power of visualization by allowing you to convey your ideas as tangible objects. You can also print out variations on an idea quickly for faster conceptualization. The next step will be augmented reality when you will be able to take your object and place it in a virtual reality setting for added visualization.

Joe: The key to 3D printing utilization will be building it into future proposals. The private sector must encourage the public sector into uncharted territories by developing new uses for 3D printing. 3D printing’s application in the public sector has not been settled, which means there’s an opportunity for the private sector to work with them to charter new land. However, the government can use 3D printing in lowering the costs of their manufacturing.

Scott: 3D printing is actually old technology. They have been working with Federal clients for ten years who use 3D printing. Museum clients are using it for their exhibitions. The big difference now is that the price to 3D printing has dropped. That means it is far more accessible to agencies who haven’t used it before. The lowered cost also means the technology is evolving rapidly.

Shaan: 3D printing is great for city planning. You can print city features (buildings, monuments, etc) and find out how they’ll fit together. Currently, agencies are using the 3D aspects by scanning important buildings and creating 3D models from it. By scanning them in, they can test their assets for energy efficiencies, degradation, etc. Shaan has also worked with agencies to scan natural monuments to ensure we have records of them even if they disappear. The materials you can print with is also evolving. Now you can print with pretty much anything: plastics, metals, glass, and acrylics for instance.

Question Four: The government is constantly seeking new ways to do more with less. How can digital design help them do this in 2013?

Brian: Digital design technology is now cheap enough and accessible enough for government agencies to own their own software and manipulate BIM models in-house. Brian recommends that agencies start with the end result then work backward to design proposals. This allows for better planning and cost savings. Agencies must also consider how they plan on using the data from their BIM models. They must work to structure their data during the development process.

Joe: With new technology, a single, in-house person can now do the exact same work as an entire outsourced team did five years ago. However, the most efficiency comes when people know how to use the tool to reduce timelines and budgets. Joe also recommends people slow down. Do not allow technology’s ability to quickly conceptualize multiple projects decrease the quality. Quality of work; not just volume.

Scott: Technology is now allowing smaller projects to remain in-house in the private sector. New software versions are also allowing for more detailed models. However, with all the data involved, Scott would like to see improved document management. He also sees automated construction as a trend to keep an eye on.

Shaan: The evolution of the technology has gone from paper to CAD to BIM. Along the way, the primary adoption drive is a decrease in savings. However, newer technologies are allowing for better analysis. You can now perform a solar study before building or simulate mechanical systems. This allows you to find errors before you build and optimize your ideas. Previously, someone would start an idea and throughout the design process, everyone worked from that idea, regardless of its merit. Now, you can produce multiple ideas and pick the best one. Copied from Technically speaking.

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Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain has been awarded two new key Asset Support Contracts (ASC’s) by Highways England for maintenance and development on the country’s Trunk Road Network.

The ASC’s are worth £750M and have been awarded in joint partnership with Costain sharing a third of the value.

They will run from June 2016, covering Area 4 (Sussex and Kent) and Area 12 (Yorkshire and Humberside) for five years, with the potential for a three year extension.

In both areas, the joint venture will deliver asset management and maintenance services on key elements of Highways England strategic network.

Costain has also secured a joint equal partnership, preferred bidder status from East Sussex County Council, for a seven year, £300M contract to provide a comprehensive design, maintenance and improvement service. The work covers 2,000 miles of highways in the country.

Andrew Wyllie CBE, Chief Executive of Costain, commented: “We are delighted to have secured these significant new contracts from Highways England and to have been awarded preferred bidder status from East Sussex County Council.

“These awards demonstrate our established reputation for the provision of complex asset support services based on our proven ability to provide collaborative, integrated teams for the highway market and also reflect our focus on building long term partnerships with blue chip customers.”

The contract is subject to formal award in January 2016, which will be followed by a four month mobilisation phase. The work will commence on the 1st of May 2016. Copied from UK construction online.

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